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Ukraine and Moldova Highlights

Odessa, Ukraine

Tour Details

Visit: Kiev, Kamianets- Podilskyi, Chisinau, Orhei Vechi, Transnistria, Odessa

 
Day 1: Arrival in Kiev

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Tonight, walk to a restaurant for a Welcome dinner at 18:00pm (if you arrive on time).

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kiev

Breakfast at the hotel. Today our walking tour will start by exploring the ancient part of Kyiv's city centre. You will see Bessarabskyi Market, the Golden Gates, walk along Volodymyrskaya Street and explore St. Sophia Cathedral, discover the secrets of St. Andrew Church and descent and St. Michael Golden-Domed Church. After lunch, we continue with a walk along Khreshchatyk Street, the shortest yet the widest main street in the world, Maidan Square, the square where all of the Ukrainian revolutions started and much more! Back to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Kiev

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit Kyevo Pecherska Lavra with its caves, the most ancient monastery and UNESCO Heritage site, we then explore the Motherland Statue complex and WWII museum. During the tour you will also see impressive administrative buildings, the House of a crying widow, Chocolate House and Red Castle, stone jungles and much more. After your tour, head back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Optional Tour: Mezhyhirya Residence - a house of Ukrainian former president.
Description: Have you ever wondered how corrupted presidents live? Here is one of the examples and it’s a great opportunity to visit the residence where former Ukrainian president Yanukovich lived. This place is now called the museum of corruption, which is stunning by its impressive luxury life, incredibly vast territory and nonsense of human greediness.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Kiev - Kamianets-Podilskyi 

After breakfast, we depart for Kamianets-Podilskyi. Upon arrival enjoy lunch before we explore this beautiful town. Why does this city seem to be a phenomenon of the cultural and historical importance? Discover the history from the moment of the town’s foundation till recent times. You will see the Cathedral of the Saint Peter and Paul and St. Nicolas Armenian Church. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Smotrich River Canyon and of course, the highlight will for sure be a visit to the Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Chernivtsi Sightseeing 

After breakfast, we drive to Chernivtsi with sightseeing on the way! Our first stop is Khotyn fortress, which was founded in 13th century and had Moldavian, Polish and Turkish influence. We then continue to Chernivtsi, the real cozy European city, situated on the spot where the roads from Europe and Asia cross each other. Enjoy lunch in one of the local Bukovenian restaurants before visiting the National University, it will be a real highlight! After visiting the National University, enjoy a 2 hour walking tour in the historical city centre, walk along the main pedestrian street,Kobylyanska, see the City Hall, Teatralnaya square and much more. After, we return back to Kamianets-Podilskyi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kamianets-Podilskyi - Chisinau 

After breakfast, we depart for Chisinau, Moldova.Stop for a lunch break in Balti town (lunch on your own). After lunch we continue to Chisinau. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2.5 hour evening walking tour of Chisinau where you will see both the historic and the modern faces of the city. Listen to the cultural, historical facts and legends, while we walk along the central part of the city. On Stephen the Great Boulevard there are many elegant administrative buildings, the Presidency, the Parliament and the City Administration. There are cultural centres such as the National Theatre M. Eminescu, the Organ Hall, Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Well-known architects and poets such as Bernardazzi, Sciusev and Pushkin gave Chisinau a unique character.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Chisinau - Cricova - Orhei Vechi 

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we go to the Cricova Winery for a wine tasting of 4 types of wine. We then drive to Orhei Vechi, a unique natural and historical complex in the open air. It organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations, it is known for the ancient monastery and eco-village resorts.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Chisinau - Transnistria - Odessa 

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to Odessa via the country that officially doesn’t exist. Exploring its capital, Tiraspol city. It will take you back in USSR: Feel the atmosphere of this disputed territory, which has always been a battlefield between the major powers of the region. This place is full of contrasts. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Odessa Sightseeing

After breakfast, start your day with a 3 hour walking tour around downtown, visiting its historical places and strolling the age-old streets: Deribasovskaya, Pushkinskaya, Rishelievskaya and Landzheronovskaya. You will see masterpieces of architecture and art of buildings, the Opera and Ballet Theatre, and also historical buildings, where the archeological and marine museums are situated. Strolling along the Primorsky Boulevard it’s your chance to see an ancient building of municipal Duma, count Vorontsov Palace with colonnaded entrance and the monument to Duke de Richelieu and the famous Potemkin stairs. They are the main entrance to Primorsky Boulevard from the seaside from where you witness the fascinating view to the marine terminal and the seaport. After lunch, time is free at leisure.

Optional Tour: Odessa Catacombs, which are some of the longest in the world and played an important role during the WWII as a shelter for the partisans.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Departure Odessa

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 9 Nights accommodation standard rooms
  • Air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English Speaking guides
  • Tour manager
  • Entrance tickets according to the program
  • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 4 Lunches
  • Bottled water per person per day
  • Local taxes

 

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed above
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as: beverages with meals, camera fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratitudes to drivers and guides
  • Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants
  • Travel protection Insurance
  • Late check in/check out
  • Optional Tours

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Kiev: Premier Rus 3*
  • Kamianets-Podilskyi: Reikartz 4*
  • Chisinau: Jolly Alon 4*
  • Odessa: Aleksandrovskyi 4*

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (jc)

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